Climbs 87
Rocktype Sandstone (soft)
Altitude 160m a.s.l
Faces S

Dark little crimps © sim.monkey

Crag features

A sheltered disused quarry, just outside Penrith on Beacon hill/Edge. Signposted as 'Cowraik Quarry' as oppose to 'Cowrake Quarry'.

First ascents of the older routes were mainly done by local mountain rescue teams who used the quarry as a training area. The rock is soft and so leading is discouraged, with the use of a bouldering mat strongly encouraged. Top outs are often grim, and its often easier to jump/climb down.

Approach notes

One mile ENE from Penrith. From the large roundabout to the east of the motorway, take the A686 for about 2 miles. At the pylons, turn left onto a lane. Follow this for a mile to a footpath on the right, which leads to the quarry.

Guidebooks

This used to be Penrith Climbing Wall, before Penrith had a climbing wall. ( excellent friction even in the wet!) The gorse bushes often doubled as bouldering mats (ouch!), before these modern fancy mats were invented. Enjoy! I hope it still gets used as often
Alan Stark - 17/Dec/03
I often go to cowrake for an evening boulder after school lots of problems to work on. If you live near by and looking for an summer's evening out bouldering. Highly recomended
mattjwaring - 01/Sep/03
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
  Piney Play
2 Aunt Aggie HS 4c 24
3 Scots Pine MS 4a 35
4 Pine Wall VS 5b 22
5 Dirty Dave VS 5c 31
6 Speckled Arete V2 5c 11
7 Desperate Dan S 4b 20
8 Super Sexy Brollies V1 5a 17
9 Super Sexy Brollies(Left wall dodger) V2 5b 14
10 Tom Thumb HVS 5b 5
  Snappy Main Wall
12 Prunesquallor V0 6a 7
13 Udder Crack HVS 5a 6
14 Sacred Cow VS 4c 9
15 White Snake HVS 5b 12
16 Holy Cow HVS 4c 2
17 What's Coming Up? HVS 4c 2
18 Problem Wall none 5a 20
19 Cow Pie VS 4c 2
  Arete Fever
21 The Arete VS 4c 14
22 Deadend Groove VS 4b 4
23 Jughandle VS 4c 29
  The Pod Area
25 Heather none 5a 20
26 Gorse none 4c 43
27 Off the wall
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V1 * 12
28 Broom none 5b 33
29 Bedknobs none 6a 17
30 Brambles none 4c 16
31 Bramble Arete none 4a 18
32 Prickles V1 6a 14
33 Prickles High V1 ** 11
34 Mungo is Angry
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V2 5c * 18
35 Mungo Direct
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V3 6a 8
36 Pod Dyno V3 *** 9
37 Pod Static V4 *** 11
38 Broomsticks V1 1
39 Off The Handle V3 * 3
  Twin Cracks Area
41 Neanderthal Crack
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V3 6a 12
42 Ordinary Route V2 5c 19
43 Finger Cruncher V3 ** 12
44 Finger Direct V4 * 7
45 Finger Regained V5 * 6
46 Cracked Slab VB 13
47 Fine Tuned V1 5b 12
48 The Sloper V3 * 7
49 Pot Black V2 5c 18
50 Pot Black (sit start)
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V2 6a 17
51 Twin Cracks V1 5a 21
52 The Vixen V3 5a 21
53 The Ferret none 5a 20
54 The Polecat none 4b 19
55 The Fox none 5a 18
56 Pis En Lit none 4b 20
57 Upstairs none 4c 13
58 Downstairs none 6a 3
59 Downstairs Extension V3 ** 8
60 Slabs 2 none 3c 4
61 Slabs 1 none 4c 6
62 Blackberries none 4a 2
  Medusa Tree Area
64 Neneh Cherry
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V5 6b 8
65 Black Cherry (sit start)
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V2 5c 16
66 Stoneface HS 4b 3
67 Permian Face E2 5c 4
68 Medusa HS 4b 2
69 The Gorgon HS 4b 2
70 Keaton Wall VS 5a  
71 The Mirror VS 4c 1
72 Climb At Your Peril VS 4b 1
73 Who Dares Might Win HVS 4c 1
74 Pegleg HVS 4c  
75 Virgin HVS 5b 2
76 Snatch and Slap VB * 8
77 Bat Traverse V3 * 9
78 Red Cherry VS 5a 9
79 The End S 4a 5
80 In Search Of The Chinaman V0 6a 3
81 Rich's Problem V4 ** 2
82 The High Traverse V3 * 8
  The Dreaded Cave
84 Stretch Armstrong V1 5b 20
85 Stop or Drop V2 5b 9
86 The Great 'Trev'-erse V3 5a 4
87 Ground force V4 5c 2
88 Ground Force direct V6 6c 2
89 Stop or drop extended V5 5a 2
90 Stop or Drop direct V5 5b 3
91 Stretch Goes Green E3 5a 2
92 Fork Handles V4 6b 1
93 Four Candles V3 6a 1
94 Gratir Pissage
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V0- 3

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